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that struck japan which is higher than some pacific islands and could rush right over them. first waves are expected to hit hawaii at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. that's 8:00 eastern, 3:00 a.m. local time. there have been evacuations from coastal areas. civil defense sirens sounded at about 10:00 p.m. local time across hawaii. fires triggered by the earthquake in japan, also burning out of control. just incredible pictures here up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery according to the country's prime minister, there is, quote, major damage in northeastern japan, but nuclear power facilities in the area were not damaged we're told and there has been no radiation leakage. this is video of when the earthquake hit. truck struck at 2:46 p.m. local time. followed by 12 powerful of taker shocks oig, seven of them measures at least 6.3. that is the size of the earthquake that struck new zealand just last month.that is earthquake that struck new zealand just last month.measure. that is the size of the earthquake that stck new zealand just last month. sean ibara joining us.
on the mounting nuclear crisis in japan, authorizing the first evacuations of american government employees out of the country. in addition, the state department is warning all u.s. citizens to consider leaving japan. the unpredictable weather conditions risks spreading radioactive material. that move comes as japanese crews and military helicopters brave radiation to dump sea water on to the stricken fukushima complex. the tactics are an attempt to cool overheated radium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation. meanwhile, plant operators say they're racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis. still, the top u.s. nuclear regulatory official is warning american citizens within 50 miles of the complex to leave the area or at least remain indoors. testifying on capitol hill yesterday that the situation is "very serious." >> we believe that there is no water in the spent fuel pool known as number four. i would say that it is my great hope that the information that we have is not accurate. i would hope for the sake of everyone that th
unbelievable stories of survival. those are coming out of japan. we'll share them with you. >>> plus, what do you do if you share the house speaker's trademarked orange glow? if you're like this guy, you become a john boehner impersonator and hope you can learn to cry on cue. more coming up later. >>> first, we want to get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. just four days after suffering its most devastating natural disaster ever, japan is now potentially facing the worst nuclear accident since chernobyl. in total, there are 17 nuclear power plants across that country. this crisis largely centers around one complex. it's about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. the crippled fukushima power plant. high levels of radiation leaked from the facility this morning after a third reactor was rocked by an explosion and a fourth caught fire. in a brief address to that nation today, the country's prime minister urged calm but said there was a "very high risk of further leakage." after an emergency cabinet meeting, the japanese cabinet warned 140,000 people living within roughly 1
:30 at 5:00 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. the world is watching a small crew of technicians in japan this morning. we're being called the country's last line of defense. trying to prevent an all-out nuclear cans th nucle nuclear catastrophe. the group of 50 were forced out of the fukushima plant for nearly an hour after a dangerous spike of radiation that authorities fear put their lives at risk. one of the best descriptions came from this paper. says -- describe them as faceless crew in the times. they crawl through labyrinths of equipment and other darknesses pierced by flashlights listening for periodic explosions and wore white full body jump suits that provide scant protection from the invisible radiation sleelting through their bodies. consider that, the plight of the 50 individuals. the workers that have been dousing reactors with seawater in a frantic effort to stabilize the temperature there is are being asked to endure up to five times the maximum radiation exposure allowed for american nuclear power plants. today's elevated levels were apparently the result of yet another
on libya coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe." >>> exactly one week after japan's quake and tsunami, a frantic effort is underway to stem the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. the complex's third unit is the main priority since water there is thought to be dangerously low. in a possible setback today, smoke rose from one of the buildings as crews worked to reconnect power to critical systems. the international atomic energy agency is reporting the severity rating of the nuclear crisis has been raised from 4 to 5, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst that would suggest a level of seriousness on par with the three mile accident in the united states in 1979. up to 64 tons of water was dropped in the overreheated reactors yesterday. and the agency says a cable has been restored to the cooling pumps at the second reactor in the plant. throughout the week the japanese government has been criticized about poor communication and the situation. for now the government says it has no plans to expand its mandatory 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant. for more on the
rock in new york city. japan is working to contain a humanitarian nuclear and economic crisis. three days after getting hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. the pictures still so dramatic. right now, rescue workers are searching for survivors. largely in the country's coastal towns. where this morning, police say the death toll is mounting. in all, more than 10,000 people are estimated dead. millions of residents are still without power, and clean drinking water. the japanese coast is also been struck by more than 100 aftershocks. 150 aftershocks since friday alone. the latest one, a 6.2-magnitude quake followed by a new tsunami scare. only a scare today. safety concerns are lingering over growing problems at nuclear facility. earlier today, 11 people were hurt when a second hydrogen explosion rocked a nuclear plant that sent a column of smoke into the air. that blast was felt 25 miles away. but the plant's operator says radiation levels are fortunately still within the legal limits. >>> meanwhile, the u.s. now says it's moved its ships and aircraft away from one of the quake
america. >>> in japan, new problems at the country's crippled nuclear complex are overshadowing some success at cooling the plant's overheated reactors over the weekend. there had been some optimism. this morning, workers at the facility were evacuated after gray smoke rose from the spent storage pool at the plant's number three reactor. it development comes after officials said they had successfully restored water pumps to two other reactors, putting them under control in a state known as a cold shutdown. the crisis, far from over with the discovery of radiation-tainted vegetables and tap water adding to public fears about contaminated food and drink. all that as officials now predict the death toll there in japan will exceed 18,000 from the earthquake and tsunami that followed. the situation in japan has raised questions in the u.s. energy secretary steven chu weighed in on a controversial nuclear reactor in new york city. >> we'll have to look at weather the reactor should remain. again, i don't want to jump to some judgment about what we should do going forward. the nrc will be l
. >>> there are new radiation concerns in japan this morning. the country's nuclear crisis stretches into the third week. officials said today that highly radioactive iodine seeping from the fukushima nuclear complex may be making its way into seawater north of the plant. mounting obstacles like inadequate storage tanks where efforts have been hindered to bring the facility back from disaster. the water must be removed and safely stored before work can continue to power up the cooling system. they just don't know how long that's going to take before they can get the workers into the plant. adding to the sense of unease across japan, a strong earthquake shook the region today and prompted a brief tsunami alert. measured a magnitude 6.5 and no damage or injuries were reported. radiation from japan appears to have reached as far as the u.s. east coast at least in trace amounts. one sample of massachusetts rainwater registered very low concentrations of radiation. officials say it does not pose a health risk. very latest, let's bring in nbc's lee cowan in tokyo. what's the latest there? >> reporter: we
is the crack session for tuesday, march 22nd. a lot today including the latest on japan. plus, the donald looks back fondly on the time he screwed moammar gadhafi. let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock. >>> coalition forces launched a third attack on libya's capital. according to an american commander, the u.s. is scaling back its role in the conflict with an overwhelming share in yesterday's mission flown by pilots in yesterday's country in the international effort. the no-fly zone will be expanded toward tripoli paving the way for the united states to hand off command of the mission to the european allies. it's stopped gadhafi on benghazi. operation odyssey gone to prevent attacks on civilians is a tougher challenge. the killing continues. the white house may face growing pressure to expand by arming opposition fighters. here now, nbc news is with us live in tripoli with the latest on the ground. hello, jim. >> reporter: good morning, willie. i could use that extra hour of sleep. there were air strikes in and around tripoli last night. we heard at least three explosions. fel
for wednesday, march 23rd. a lot to tell you, including fears about the safety of food coming out of japan as u.s. puts a halt on some imports. plus, look at the scene outside today. this is happening right for you. two days into spring and it's snowing across the northeast. we'll have the ugly forecast that spans not just from here but all the way across this country. >>> first let's get to the news at 30 rock in new york city. four days of allied strikes apparently battered moammar gadhafi's air force and largely destroyed his air defense systems. however, there's little evidence the attacks have stopped his forces from killing civilians or shifted the balance of power in favor of the rebels yet. yesterday's gadhafi's loyalists made advances on misrata, the last opposition-held city in gadhafi and ajdabiya. yesterday gadhafi appeared on television reportedly speaking from the same tripoli compound targeted by a coalition missile strike on sunday. remaining defiant, of course, saying we shall not surrender and fear passersby. we jeer at their missile. this assault is by a bunch of fashionists
states now in syria. >>> there is a disturbing development, meanwhile, out of japan this morning where hundreds of evacuees at the crippled fukushima plant are being turned away by nearby hospitals and evacuation centers over fears they may be carrying radiation. meanwhile, japan's nuclear safety agency says it's looking into a u.n. report that radiation in one village 25 miles from the nuclear plant is twice the suggested threshold for evacuations. right now, only residents within a 12-mile zone have been told they have to leave. there's new evidence regarding radiation from japan perps atthun ap'sucar onnt pteagcyauon t fdisar exct, dh a r lo lelsfubc alcoer ev f infants. >>> back in the u.s., after meeting with senate democrats last night, vice president joe biden is reporting what he calls good progress in talks to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. end of next week. congressional negotiators have effectively settled on cutting $33 billion over the next six months. that's a lot less than the more than $60 billion called for by house republicans in februa
help? >>> workers at the fukushima nuclear plant in japan worked furiously to pump out radioactive water so they can get back to the business of fixing the damaged reactors. the question is -- what does it mean that radiation has been detected in the soil around the plant? >>> and in -- you see how easy that was obama gesture, donald trump presents the country with his birth certificate. or at least something he made at kinko's that looks like a better certificate. the question is -- did you pump for the gary busey-dion warwick battle on "the apprentice" this week? >>> good morning, i'm willie get, a ts is "wato early," sh bn evanston, illinois, delivered by dr. robert lapada. you can look it up. glad you're watching live on msnbc or listening live on sirris xm radio. text us why you're awake or text the word "awake" followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. >>> next 30 minutes will be your crametary of state hillary clinton in london to discuss the important question of what comes next in libya. >>> plus -- richard simmons, still rocking
nuclear power plant in japan where workers still desperately trying to prevent more radiation from seeping into the atmosphere. today officials report three work rz were exposed to radioactivity. two were sent to the hospital for treatment. meanwhile, workers distributing bottled water across tokyo after residents there cleared store shelves following yesterday's warning the city's tap water contained elevated radiation. japanese government also estimates this month's earthquake and tsunami could cost up to $309 billion in damage, which would make it the world's most expensive natural disaster ever. >>> this a-s a wild story. the national transportation safety board is now reviewing staffing at airports across the country after two passenger planes landed at reagan national airport yesterday without clearance because, according to aviation officials the air traffic controller fell asleep at reagan national airport in washington, d.c. the planes were carrying a total of 165 passengers and crew between them did land safely but they had to do it on their own after pilots took matters into the
of the insurgents. >>> the u.s. government now says it's sending robotic equipment to japan to help the country regain control of its crippled nuclear plant. the japanese government is now admitting that what many have assumed -- that its safeguards to protect the facility from an earthquake and tsunami were insufficient. officials also reporting sea water near the plant contains now more than 3,000 times the normal amount of radioactive iodine, that's the highest recorded rate since the disaster. >>> back here at home, white house press secretary jay carney says the obama administration remains confident that a deal can be struck on funding for the rest of this fiscal year to prevent a government shutdown that would take place next friday, a week from this friday. according to the "washington post," house republican leaders have begun courting moderate democrats in an agreement since they're having trouble reaching common ground within their own rank. the basic outline would reportedly involve more than $30 billion in cuts, well short of the more than $60 billion initially demanded by republic
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